Dolly Parton’s iconic sparkle and shine will be on display in a special new exhibit at Lipscomb University this fall, “Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones,” Oct. 31-Dec. 9 in the Beaman Library.
Lipscomb’s Department of Fashion and Design is presenting the one-of-a-kind, limited-time fashion exhibit in the John C. Hutcheson Gallery, which will feature 25 of Parton’s outfits and highlight the makers behind the looks, the songs, the stories and the true magic that happens behind the seams.
“We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton and those behind her iconic fashion to offer the community this exciting opportunity to have an up-close look at some of her favorite outfits and to learn more about these treasured looks,” says Lipscomb University President Candice McQueen. “This unique fashion exhibition will also provide tremendous learning opportunities for our students as they discover more about the creative process and techniques and interact with the makers who have developed these fashions.”
The exhibit will be the first physical interpretation of Parton’s new fashion-focused book, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, set for release Oct. 17 via Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House. In the new book, Parton shares the full story behind her lifelong passion for fashion, including how she developed her own distinct style, which has endeared her to fans around the world. The exhibit is curated by Parton’s archivist Rebecca Seaver, who also curated Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones. Parton’s former head seamstress, Lisha Lemming, will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the Department of Fashion & Design this fall to assist in the development and execution of the exhibit.
“Lisha Lemming has worked for me over 15 years and is the Artist-in-Residence at Lipscomb University,” says Parton. “Lisha and Rebecca Seaver have put together this display celebrating the makers of these clothes and 25 of my favorite looks celebrating the people who make it all happen.”
Tickets for the fashion exhibit are $25 per person for a 45-minute tour. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. There is a limited number, and all are for timed entry. They must be purchased online in advance. For more information, click here.
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